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Removing Screen-Time Limiting Apps, Apple Defends its Decision

With the launch of iOS 12 in September last year, the company implemented its own built-in screen time tracking tools and controls.

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Meanwhile, the iPhone-maker is planning to upgrade the camera resolution and set-up in its 2019 line-up. Pixabay

Apple has defended its decision to remove third-party screen-limiting apps that helped people fight iPhone addiction, saying these apps put users’ privacy and security at risk.

Apple had removed or restricted at least 11 of the 17 most downloaded screen-time and parental-control apps.

In a blog post on late Sunday, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker said the use of mobile device management (MDM) technologies in the removed parental control apps could have leaked users’ location, app use, email accounts, camera permissions and browsing history to a third party.

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“Several developers released updates to bring their apps in line with these policies and those that didn’t were removed from the App Store,” Apple said. Pixabay

“MDM does have legitimate uses, but it is incredibly riskya — and a clear violation of App Store policies — for a private, consumer-focused app business to install MDM control over a customer’s device,” the iPhone-maker wrote.

Research has shown that MDM profiles could be used by hackers to gain access for malicious purposes.

“Parents shouldn’t have to trade their fears of their children’s device usage for risks to privacy and security, and the App Store should not be a platform to force this choice.

“No one, except you, should have unrestricted access to manage your child’s device,” said Apple.

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Apple had removed or restricted at least 11 of the 17 most downloaded screen-time and parental-control apps. Pixabay

Earlier in December, Apple had started warning developers developing third-party screen-time trackers and parental control apps because they were suspected to have been violating App Store guidelines and misusing background location mode for purposes other than location-related features.

“When we found out about these guideline violations, we communicated these violations to the app developers, giving them 30 days to submit an updated app.

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“Several developers released updates to bring their apps in line with these policies and those that didn’t were removed from the App Store,” Apple said.

With the launch of iOS 12 in September last year, the company implemented its own built-in screen time tracking tools and controls. (IANS)

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Here Are Some Latest Details About Upcoming Apple iPhone 12

Recently, J.P. Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee claimed that Apple will release a 5.4-inch iPhone, two 6.1-inch iPhones and one 6.7-inch iPhone with 5G connectivity in 2020

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Apple is preparing to release a new iPad Pro, a new MacBook and an augmented reality (AR) headset by the first half of 2020. Pixabay

Apple is expected to launch as many as four new iPhones spread across different display sizes in 2020 and now Apple analysts, Macotakara shared more details about the iPhone 12 design from a source from company’s supply chain in Asia.

The report claimed that the iPhone 12 will come in three size versions, including 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch, but Apple will release two distinct 6.1-inch models, according to the source.

The 6.7-inch model will have a thickness around 7.4mm, which would be nearly 10 per cent thinner than the iPhone 11 Pro Max at 8.1mm.

Additionally, it also claims that the 6.7-inch model will be slightly taller than the iPhone 11 Pro Max and feature a triple-lens rear camera.

Recently, J.P. Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee claimed that Apple will release a 5.4-inch iPhone, two 6.1-inch iPhones and one 6.7-inch iPhone with 5G connectivity in 2020.

Chatterjee predicts the company may introduce two high-end models (one 6.1-inch and one 6.7-inch) with support for mmWave, as well as a triple-lens camera and “world facing” 3D sensing for improved Augmented Reality capabilities.

Earlier Kuo also said that Apple is preparing to release a new iPad Pro, a new MacBook and an augmented reality (AR) headset by the first half of 2020.

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Apple is expected to launch as many as four new iPhones spread across different display sizes in 2020 and now Apple analysts, Macotakara shared more details about the iPhone 12 design from a source from company’s supply chain in Asia. Pixabay

Kuo expects Apple to team up with third parties to create the first batch of AR headsets.

The new iPad Pro models will be launched in the first quarter and will reportedly come with a rear-facing 3D Time-of-Flight sensor for increased accuracy in depth-of-field photography.

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While, a MacBook with a new scissor-switch keyboard could be launched in Q2 2020. (IANS)